Kerala radiologists call for cautious approach in paediatric imaging

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 9 (IANS) As the world celebrates the 120th anniversary of the discovery of the X-Rays by W.C.Roentgen, the Kerala chapter of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) has called for a cautious approach in paediatric imaging.

Speaking to IANS, president of the Kerala Chapter, S. Pradeep said this topic was the main focus while they celebrated the fourth International Day of Radiology to mark the 120th anniversary.

“Even though diagnosis have become very easy through the use of imagery (CT scan and MRI), as a matter of caution and to ward off future health issues, the frequency of CT scan on children below 15 years age should be kept to the minimum,” he said.

“Yes, we do agree that at times it’s only through imagery that the proper diagnosis can be reached by clinicians. All what we wish to state is that, at times for the same ailment more than once, the patients are asked to undergo scans and children below 15 should not be asked for a repeat as it could be harmful for them,” added Pradeep.

The Kerala chapter today has around 500 radiologists and at their annual event saw the participation of Department of Radiology and Imaging of the Regional Cancer Centre and the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) that deliberated on paediatric imaging.

Experts also spoke on the need for keeping the radiation dose as low as possible when children undergo scans.

“In modern day scan equipment, there are mechanisms to control the radiation by keeping the dose as low as possible and this should be adhered to,” Pradeep pointed out.

The IRIA also decided to ensure that more public attention to this area of medical science is required and decided to work on it.

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